COVID-19

COMMENTARY

Your strong feelings didn’t stop the virus. If only there was some other way.

BY: - August 1, 2021

Vaccine hesitancy can be sincere. There are people who have concerns, which in turn are being stoked by misinformation (have you heard the one about how the vaccine makes you magnetic?). Still, lately some of those people have determined that getting the shot is the right thing to do for themselves, their families, and their […]

Vaccination photo disappears from Lombardo’s campaign Flickr

BY: - July 30, 2021

As the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Joe Lombardo isn’t an anti-vaxxer. But as a gubernatorial candidate, he might not mind if you think he is. Lombardo’s official campaign Flickr page originally included a photo that appears to show him receiving a vaccination against COVID-19 at University Medical Center, the Current […]

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Could coronavirus vaccines become mandatory?

BY: - July 28, 2021

With the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” striking younger victims, stretching hospital resources, and causing jitters among investors, a national patchwork of full and partial mask mandates is once again taking shape. On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced masks will once again be required in Nevada, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance that […]

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Sisolak, Ford press corrections officials on low vaccination rates among prison staff

BY: - July 28, 2021

Less than half of corrections staff within the Nevada Department of Corrections have been vaccinated, which Gov. Steve Sisolak called “atrocious and not acceptable” during a meeting Tuesday.   The Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners, which includes Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, was informed 41.9% of the 2,393 prison staff […]

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Following updated CDC guidance, Nevada re-ups indoor mask mandate in most counties

BY: - July 27, 2021

As of midnight Thursday, most of Nevada, including Clark and Washoe counties, will again have a mask mandate. The state announced the resumption of the mandate in keeping with Tuesday’s updated federal recommendations urging Americans in counties with high surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings […]

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Public health officials urge people missing 2nd dose of vaccine to catch up

BY: - July 26, 2021

New state data reveals that 12.2% of people who received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Nevada are overdue for their second, with more than two-thirds six or more weeks overdue. It’s a worrisome component of the state’s overall vaccination effort, which has slowed over time despite rising case numbers and the emergence […]

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Sisolak’s COVID advisor wants mask mandate at UNLV, colleges in Southern Nevada

BY: - July 23, 2021

A member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Team says Clark County’s mask mandate for employees but not the public won’t stop the spread of the more virulent Delta variant and is calling for mandatory masks at state colleges and universities in Southern Nevada.  Brian Labus, an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor at […]

COMMENTARY

My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

BY: - July 23, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the first […]

Officials defend mask mandate for workers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Local and state officials are defending a partial mask mandate that appears rooted more in economics than science.  “While it won’t protect visitors from other visitors, the new mask mandate should provide protection for visitors when they have contact with casino employees,” UNLV Associate Professor of Epidemiology Brian Labus, a member of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s […]

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Mask mandate returns for Southern Nevada workers, but not customers

BY: - July 20, 2021

With a “dramatic” increase in cases of COVID-19 threatening hospitals, according to health officials, and the recovery of Southern Nevada’s economy on the line, Clark County Commissioners voted Tuesday to mandate that all workers wear masks while in public spaces.    But the mandate, which goes into effect Wednesday night at midnight, does not apply to […]

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Rehab with lucrative county contract failed state infection control inspection

BY: - July 19, 2021

This story was updated on Aug. 2 with additional information from the state inspection. Clark County paid $1,875 a day per bed to CrossRoads of Southern Nevada to house mostly homeless individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the substance abuse treatment and transitional housing facility “failed to ensure safe infection control practices […]

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Wildfire smoke likely increased risk of Covid in Nevada, study finds

BY: - July 16, 2021

In 2020, California endured the worst fire season in its history as three of the four largest fires ever recorded burned through the state. Now researchers are learning how those fires may have contributed to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Nevada. New research published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology suggests  long-term […]